Comrades Update

1400: It’s a typically overcast November day at Broadwater where Hoddesdon Town are the visitors. Bring a thick coat if you’re coming down!

1408: Today’s team-
Comrades: 1. Eddie Farmer 2. Colin Wilson 3. Lewis Rodrigoe 4. Jim Carmichael 5. Simon Carmichael 6. Mark Welling 7. Matt Wardle 8. Chris Gregory 9. James Armstrong 10. Tony Burnett 11. Aaron Usmani
Subs: 12. Adam Mead 14. Anthony Beamish 15. Jamie Gavin 16. Lee Groves 17. Graeme Milner

Hoddesdon: 1. Tom Bullock 2. Jamie Curtis 3. Kevin Metivier 4. Tommy Gritton 5. Tom Massey 6. Luke Smith 7. Gary Simmonds 8. Colin Metivier 9. Josh Smith 10. Danny Vandepeer 11. Tony Neilson
Subs: 12. San Wilkinson 14. Craig Hinton 15. Ben Hart 16. Steve Wakavy 17. George Hunt

1503: Eddie Farmer gets an early touch with two blocks.

1507: James Armstrong gets in behind the defence, but there’s no-one on hand to slot home.

1508: This times it’s Aaron Usmani who turns provider, Armstrong clipping his effort over when arriving at pace.

1512: Hesitancy in the Hoddesdon defence allows Armstrong a shot, and then Lewis Rodrigoe puts in a great cross, but the visitors clear.

1517: Hoddesdon’s Jamie Curtis curls in a great free-kick, but Farmer makes a fine, diving save.

1521: Great work from Chris Gregory releases Armstrong, and Berko get a corner.

1522: Clever play from Armstrong sees the ball fall to Gregory, but he cannot get any power in hid header.

1526: Hoddesdon aren’t without a goal threat of their own, and Josh Whote sidefoots wide after good work Tony Neilson.

1527: It’s so close for the Comrades as Armstrong trips the offside trap but slides the ball wide.

1534: Tony Burnett goes close as a Wardle corner goes loose on the edge of the six-yard box, and then Si Carmichael heads over.

1538: There’s a let off for Berko as Danny Vandepeer goes down under challenge in the penalty area, could have gone either way.

1540: And there it is! A fine finish from James Armstrong to celebrate the birth of his daughter Bella on Tuesday. 1-0

1543: The Comrades are pressing now, and Burnett blasts narrowly wide.

1544: Hoddesdon’s skipper Gary Simmonds hits a speculative effort onto the bar from distance.

1546: Half-time – 1-0

1603: An early equaliser for Hoddy as Vandepeer finds the net. 1-1

1607: Berko press, Wardle firing in a great cross which is well defended.

1618: As the mist descends on Broadwater, a neat run from Tony Burnett ends with a low shot across goal which evaded the rest of Berko’s forwards.

1619: A great chance for Hoddy, but Farmer slides to the rescue.

1622: Adam Mead replaces Chris Gregory for the Comrades.

1624: Burnett pounces on a loose ball but volleys over from twelve yards.

1629: Steve Wakavy replaces Colin Metivier for the visitors.

1630: The ball bounces round the Hoddy box, and eventually falls to Burnett, but Tom Bullock pulls off a great save.

1632: And there’s the breakthrough! A neat ball from Usnani beats the static defence, and Armstrong rolls home. 2-1

1637: Another change for Berko, Lee Groves replaces the injured James Armstrong.

1638: The Comrades will need to stay solid to ensure the points stay at Broadwater.

1640: A horrible miss from Usmani when unmarked in front of goal, but perhaps it was a case of him having too much time?

1643: Lewis Rodrigoe concedes a free-kick and a caution.

1644: The Comrades get caught out defending a free-kick too deep, and despite claims of a foul on Farmer, substitute Steve Wakavy pokes home. 2-2

1649: Its all over here and it’s a point each following an entertaining 2-2 draw.

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